Badwell Ash - Ashfield Grange - Back Lane - Badwell Ash
Round Walk, 40 mins
This walk is mostly on footpaths and a quiet country lane, with a couple of stretches on a busier road.
1. Start at the corner of Richer Road and The Street. Walk up Richer Road and out of the village. (NB: this stretch of the walk is on a road at the national speed limit) Walk along the road past the first field on your left.
2. Follow the footpath sign into the second field and diagonally across to the middle of its long side.
3. Here you must go through the hedge and onto the road again - the edge of the field inside the hedge is a designated wildlife area and NOT a footpath. (NB: this stretch of the walk is on a road at the national speed limit)Turn left and walk along the road to the end of the field.
4. At this point you can reenter the field at the footpath sign and walk down the side of the the field with a hedge on your right. Cross a plank bridge over a ditch, through the hedge and turn right. Follow the hedge along and turn left up the edge of the field.
Again, cross a plank bridge over a ditch, through the hedge, and then follow the hedge along the side of the next field. Keep straight ahead as you pass into trees. (NB: There is a steep slope to the left, leading to a lake) This area can be muddy after rain.
6. At the track, turn left. This is Back Lane. On the right you will pass some deep pits. These were formally gravel pits, worked extensively in the 20th Century. The first pit you pass is sometimes used (with permission) by a 4WD club. The white towers of the gun club are then visible on the left; its lakes are used for fishing (with permission) when the gun club is not using the grounds. As you approach Badwell Ash the road becomes tarmaced and houses begin to appear.
7. At the end of Back Lane you are once again in The Street and can continue on to the Start point of the walk.